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I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.

~ from ‘City of Dots’, Winning Primary Poem
Mim, Year 4, Bundanoon Public School, NSW

Registrations and submissions for Poetry Object close 5.00pm 28 September 2018 (AEST).

Cartwheeling into its eighth year, Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. Join hundreds of schools for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes to be won.


Get started:

  1.  Register for Poetry Object 2018 and receive a confirmation email
  2.  Download the free Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resource and our full range of learning resources and supplementary materials
  3.  Explore past winners and shortlisted poems, or browse our digital library of all submitted poems from past years
  4.  Write and edit your poems
  5.  Optional: create an installation based on your poems!
  6.  Submit to Poetry Object via the link sent in your registration confirmation email.
  7.  Spread the word! Share this page or this invite.


Prizes & Judging

Certificates of achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and poetry packs, valued at over $10,000. View the full list of exciting prizes

Poetry Object 2018 will be judged by Bella Li, winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. What is Bella looking for in your poems?


Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resources

For Poetry Object 2018 we’ve teamed up with the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Art Gallery of NSW and six poets from Australia and New Zealand to develop a dynamic new learning resource with creative and curriculum-aligned activities. View all Poetry Object resources




We’re delivering Poetry Object learning opportunities in 2018 in a range of locations. The workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in creative environments. More information and workshop dates



Poetry Object 2018 will culminate in a digital exhibition over the 2018-2019 school holidays. Watch the critically-acclaimed animation that was created to exhibit Poetry Object winners in 2017.


Poems to Share II - Order your copy now!

A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.



Poetry Object is proudly supported by Geoff Ainsworth AM & Johanna Featherstone.

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